Taliban ban TikTok and PUBG in Afghanistan to deceive young people – Research Snipers
The Taliban have banned video-sharing app TikTok as well as online multiplayer game PUBG, believing they are “misleading” young Afghans.
The militant group said it would also block the broadcast of material it considers “immoral material”. This follows recent bans on music, movies, soap operas and soap operas.
The Taliban offered a more relaxed approach to administration when it came to power in 2000, but gradually restricted freedoms, especially for women. The group was famous for its strict interpretation of Islamist rule which was a hallmark of its first time in government from 1996 to 2001.
Taliban spokesman Inamullah Samangani said the new ban was necessary to “prevent the younger generation from being misled”. However, it is not known what time the restriction will go, or how long it will last. It’s the first time the group has blocked an app since being elected in August.
TikTok and PUBG have become more popular with young Afghans in recent months as various other types of entertainment have been censored by BBC Afghanistan Service Editor Hameed Shuja. TikTok has specifically become popular among young men who like to make short humorous videos and share them on the platform, according to our friend.
PUBG which stands for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is an online shooter developed by a South Korean developer who has also become quite well known. An earlier attempt by the government of the past to shut down PUBG failed.
The number of people using the Internet in Afghanistan has grown rapidly in recent years, as has its youth population, about nine million active users today. More than two-thirds of America’s 39 million people are under 25.
The ban was announced on the same day that four explosions hit towns across Afghanistan, including the Shia mosque located in Mazar-e-Sharif. At a minimum, 31 people were killed and at least 87 people were injured. The Islamic State group is believed to have admitted responsibility for the attack.
On Thursday, the state-run Bakhtar News reported that the Taliban had arrested the person responsible for the attack on the mosque.
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